The Future of the Democratic Party

  • March 9, 2020
The large field of Democratic candidates has been whittled down to two main candidates.

Super Tuesday occurred this past week. As expected, Vice President Joe Biden won the plurality of the votes with Senator Bernie Sanders in second place. Also as expected, Senator Warren, Mayor Bloomberg, and Representative Gabbard did horribly. The three did not earn enough delegates to secure a clear path to the nomination. This prompted Warren and Bloomberg to drop out of the race. Gabbard is still in the race for some reason. She has two delegates, no supporters, and barely any name recognition. In my opinion, she is wasting her time and money trying to secure the nomination. As of now, Biden and Sanders are the two front runners in the Democratic primaries. Throughout the campaign trail, the two long time friends have been civil with another. The pair of career politicians were not the target of their attacks on the debate stage and remained cordial. However, since they are the last two standing, they are beginning to viciously berate each other. Sanders has already attacked Biden for taking donations from billionaires and Biden has attacked Sanders for his economic radicalism. The gloves and dentures are out.

This is the most imperative presidential election in modern politics. Whoever utters the presidential oath next January will have to address the unprecedented issue of climate change. Whoever the people elect this November will have to deal with the rising automation in the workforce, the domestic debate on abortion, and the never-ending dichotomy of the political parties. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Democratic Party to nominate someone they can unify behind in order to beat Trump. Which is why I believe Joe Biden should be the democratic nominee. Even though Biden is a weak candidate and a horrible orator, he is more likely to unify the party more than any other candidate. This is perfectly exemplified by Washington Democrats favoring Biden because of his connection with President Obama and experience as a senior senator. Also, Biden has recently secured the endorsement of many well-known politicians like Senator Tim Kaine and Diane Feinstein. Yet, the one person who can give the nomination to Biden is Obama, but Obama has not suggested he will endorse anyone in the primaries.

If Sanders becomes the nominee, the Democratic base would dramatically change. With a collection of millennials, animal rights activists, feminists, and revolutionists, he will usher in a new radical political movement, one consisting of Medicare for All, free college, raising the minimum wage, and an influx of taxes. Some political pundits claim he will not pass anything through Congress because of his radicalism. However, that is assuming Congress does not see a blue wave in the midterm elections. This might happen since Trump drastically shifting the Republican base may prove to be a fatal blow when Republicans are up for re-election. Also, Americans should not dismiss bills due to radicalism. Bills are often voted in partisan affirmation to secure re-election. To add on, while Sanders is old, he is influencing a new generation of Democrats. If the Democrats want to elect Sanders over Trump, they will be faced with the predicament of justifying Sander’s policies over Trump’s, thus changing the base of the party dramatically.

The reason I believe Biden will be a better nominee then Sanders is because he appears politically moderate, has the most name recognition, and does not deepen the political divide as much as Sanders does. If the key interest of the Democrats is the beat Trump, they should place their bets on Biden and not Sanders. The future of the democratic party lies with the eventual nominee.

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